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Why Mono?
12 February 2020
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Anyone who has issues with the hard mono mixes of the early albums should hunt down Lord Reith's spectral stereo mixes. I've heard all of 'PPM ' and some of 'WTB' and they are magnificent, the songs have a real energy to them that makes them feel more alive and freer as they can breathe a lot more. 'Boys ' is an insane rocker.

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12 February 2020
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Who is that guy? Is he a fan who did his own mix? Never heard of him.

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12 February 2020
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He's a fan who has compiled some of the most important Beatles bootleg collections out there (BBC, Tony Sheridan material, Star Club, Beatles promos etc) as well as new mixes that are far superior to what is official and his own reworkings (an example of one of his creations is 'Jealous Nature' which adds the 'Child Of Nature ' Esher demo vocal to the 'Jealous Guy ' backing track to create a wonderful hybrid, but there are so many others well worth checking out).

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12 February 2020
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Interesting, thanks. I probably have something he's been involved with and didn't know it.

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12 February 2020
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Thanks @meanmistermustard , this is extraordinary and makes me rethink my distaste for this sort of thing. If you search "lord reith beatles" on youtube lots of his work comes up. Better hurry though because I assume the Apple police will be active as the LIB releases get closer a-hard-days-night-ringo-15.

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13 February 2020
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I found that the few albums that I have heard the mono version of are a slightly different experience.  I don't know if I wouldn't say its better or worse than stereo. but its a bit fresher having not really heard it that way before.  I kinda flip flop between the two depending on my mood.

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I'm a stereo kind of gal all the way, ngl. I especially love the effects that you can do in stereo that can't be done in mono-- especially when one is wearing headphones. Mono is just a bit too boring for me. Personally, it's kind of weird to hear all the sound centered together in one place. 

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25 February 2020
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 I like comparing the 2009 stereo and mono remasters and seeing what differences there are. For example, She's Leaving Home being in F in mono and in E in stereo! Helter Skelter (somehow) ending without "I got blisters on me fingers!" in mono!

I generally prefer the mono mixes, but I prefer The White Album in stereo.

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Simply, because it exists. It's the original way to listen to recorded music. Stereo isn't always an improvement. Neither is quad, 5.1 or whatever else they can dream up.

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Vera Chuck and Dave said
 I like comparing the 2009 stereo and mono remasters and seeing what differences there are. For example, She's Leaving Home being in F in mono and in E in stereo! Helter Skelter (somehow) ending without "I got blisters on me fingers!" in mono!

I generally prefer the mono mixes, but I prefer The White Album in stereo.

  

Mono is my favorite mix of the White Album . And I think mono is the one without Ringo screaming about blisters.

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Expert Textpert said

Vera Chuck and Dave said

 I like comparing the 2009 stereo and mono remasters and seeing what differences there are. For example, She's Leaving Home being in F in mono and in E in stereo! Helter Skelter (somehow) ending without "I got blisters on me fingers!" in mono!

I generally prefer the mono mixes, but I prefer The White Album in stereo.

  

Mono is my favorite mix of the White Album . And I think mono is the one without Ringo screaming about blisters.

  

Is it heresy if the 2018 mix is my favourite? Mono is close.

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Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. But then Yoko is my favorite Beatle.

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Mine's Shake.

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Vera Chuck and Dave said

Expert Textpert said

Vera Chuck and Dave said

 I like comparing the 2009 stereo and mono remasters and seeing what differences there are. For example, She's Leaving Home being in F in mono and in E in stereo! Helter Skelter (somehow) ending without "I got blisters on me fingers!" in mono!

I generally prefer the mono mixes, but I prefer The White Album in stereo.

  

Mono is my favorite mix of the White Album . And I think mono is the one without Ringo screaming about blisters.

  

Is it heresy if the 2018 mix is my favourite? Mono is close.

  

Why not the 2018 Mono mix on the Box Set Bluray disc.

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24 March 2020
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Because it's on Disc 4. Not sure if the Blue Rays are the best place for the Mono mixes. It was put on the White Album because otherwise it would have been an 8 disc box.

One of these days I'm going to edit the WA mono into seperate songs. I did the initial work but it's been sitting for a month or so.

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Stereo for me, all the way!a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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Although I was aware of the mono versions superiority for years the difference on CD always sounded quite subtle.  It didn't fully hit me until I got hold of a copy of the 45 single release of Paperback Writer in 2013.  I think it was an original 1970s release, with the green sleeve.

I was blown away as the opening riff burst out of the speakers.  I'd heard Paperback Writer many times before but it never sounded like this.  It sounded so fresh and energetic, literally jumping out of the speakers.  That left no doubt in my mind about why the mono mixes are so revered, but I feel you have to hear them on vinyl for them to really make sense.

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